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Integrated Fiber-Optic Sensor Reliability Modeling and Analysis Tools for Thermal and Power Management Systems for Gas Turbine Engines

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Air Force
Contract: FA8650-18-C-2251
Agency Tracking Number: F16A-T16-0115
Amount: $749,042.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: AF16-AT16
Solicitation Number: 2016.0
Solicitation Year: 2016
Award Year: 2017
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2017-10-30
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2020-01-31
Small Business Information
2363 Calle Del Mundo
Santa Clara, CA 95054
United States
DUNS: 877452664
HUBZone Owned: No
Woman Owned: No
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Richard Black
 (408) 565-8530
Business Contact
 Behzad Moslehi
Phone: (408) 565-9004
Research Institution
 University of Maryland
 Katie McKeon
3112 Lee Building, 7809 Regents Drive, College Park
College Park, MD 20742
United States

 (301) 405-6269
 Nonprofit College or University

Addressing a key technology gap in deployment of fiber-optic sensor networks, IFOS and multidisciplinary collaborators are developing an integrated fiber-optic component reliability modeling software toolkit. The RelOptics toolkits analytical engine is based upon predictive failure models developed for the first time in aerospace industry via rigorous environmental testing of optical fiber splices and bends, and optical connectors. The RelOptics toolkit will empower propulsion system sensing and control network engineers to enhance design and deployment for reliability. This enables full exploitation of fiber-optic sensor network advantages: multiplexability, cybersecurity, and low size, weight and power. Following identification of failure modes in Phase I using representative gas turbine engine sensor network, in Phase II the IFOS team will perform individual component testing to generate novel predictive failure models to power the RelOptics toolkit. IFOS is leveraging its deep experience in fiber-optic sensor network development for demanding environments deployment, and participation in industry standardization activities. The design and deployment best practices developed during the program will be validated in the thermal uprating and ruggedization of IFOS optical sensor systems including interrogators to support harsh environment applications.

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